Encyclopedia of Evolution

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Facts On File, 2007 - Science - 468 pages
Evolutionary science is not only one of the greatest breakthroughs of modern science, but also one of the most controversial. Perhaps more than any other scientific area, evolutionary science has caused us all to question what we are, where we came from, and how we relate to the rest of the universe.

Encyclopedia of Evolution contains more than 200 entries that span modern evolutionary science and the history of its development. This comprehensive volume clarifies many common misconceptions about evolution. For example, many people have grown up being told that the fossil record does not demonstrate an evolutionary pattern, and that there are many "missing links." In fact, most of these "missing links" have been found, and their modern representatives are often still alive today.

The biographical entries represent evolutionary scientists within the United States who have had and continue to have a major impact on the broad outline of evolutionary science. The biographies chosen reflect the viewpoints of scientists working within the United States. Five essays that explore interesting questions resulting from studies in evolutionary science are included as well. The appendix consists of a summary of Charles Darwin's Origin of Species, which is widely considered to be the foundational work of evolutionary science and one of the most important books in human history.

The five essays include:
  • How much do genes control human behavior?
  • What are the "ghosts of evolution"?
  • Can an evolutionary scientist be religious?
  • Why do humans die?
  • Are humans alone in the universe?

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Stanley A. Rice is an associate professor of plant biology at Southeastern Oklahoma State University and is the author of the Encyclopedia of Evolution

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